The White Sands Walk is the perfect way to experience Jervis Bay’s famous white sand beaches all in one day. The trail itself is quite short, and easy, but that allows for more time to explore, swim, and take in the beauty!
- 4km one way
- 1-1.5hours (un-including time spent on the beaches!)
- Optional additional loop trail: 2.5km, Scribbly Gum Track
- Optional additional trail: 5.5-6km, Round the Bay Walk
- 5 Beaches
The walk can be done from whichever direction you choose, but the most popular direction follows from North to South – Nelsons Beach to Hyams Beach. This allows you to finish at the famous Hyams Beach. At Hyams Beach there are a few cafes where you can treat yourself to lunch after working up a sweat – or you can just enjoy the afternoon relaxing, swimming and taking in the sun.
Just a short walk from Nelsons Beach is the Plantation Point carpark, from here it’s an easy walk. The trail is relatively calm, and very flat. Most of the stairs are only those leading down into each beach off of the trail. The track mostly winds its way along the coastline through the lush bush – but at some points you will pass parks, roads, viewpoints, and incredible ocean views.
? Nelsons Beach
The first stop is Nelsons Beach. This is one of the quieter beaches you’ll find in Jervis Bay.
Nelsons Beach is fairly secluded and paired with large orange sandstone cliffs. This offers some protection from the wind, but also a lot of shade in the afternoons – (so it’s best to start from this point if you want to explore the beach while it’s sunny). You can also walk north towards the town of Huskisson on the Round the Bay Walk, or if you’re up for a challenge you could connect the two and follow the shared, sealed pathway down from Huskisson (5.5-6kms, around 1hr) to the tip of Plantation Point.
Note: There is also roadside-parking available if you prefer to start here.
? Blenheim Beach
From Nelsons Beach the next stop is Blenheim Beach,
Blenheim Beach is the kind of beach that you’d picture if you were to become stranded on an island one day in some crazy fantasy. It has that real bush-to-beach feel as the outskirts of the sand is all surrounded by dense bushland and tall trees. Above the beach you’ll find a large picnic area, a car park, and public toilets.
Just past Blenheim Beach I found a small trail leading out towards the water – there was a bench and a perfect view of the beach.
? Greenfield Beach
And then to Greenfield Beach.
Greenfield Beach is quite similar to Blenheim in appearances, but it’s more secluded. There are public bathrooms here, and these are the last available until you reach Hyams Beach.
? Chinamans Beach
Chinamans Beach is next, but the walk between these two is the only section of the trail inaccessible by road. If you are planning to do the trail mostly one way, you can turn back here towards the Plantation Point carpark and then drive around to Chinamans Beach to continue.
Chinaman’s Beach was my favourite of the walk. Hyams was equally beautiful, but a lot busier. All of the beaches boast the incredibly white sand and clear waters that Jervis Bay is famous for. Though Hyams is the most well known as the “Whitest Sand in Australia”, the surrounding beaches are equally as spectacular and underrated!
? Hyams Beach
The last stop is the famous Hyams Beach. Don’t be mistaken – by the public bathrooms and the closest point to Chinamans Beach there is a smaller Hyams Beach that is very popular with families and travellers – a little further south you can find the real Hyams Beach. This is also where most of the cafes and shops can be found. Just up the hill from the smaller Hyams Beach you can find Hyams Beach Store & Cafe (the highest rated cafe in the area on Tripadvisor).
Where was your favourite stop?